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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2012, 03:29:05 pm »
Just my 2 cents but I had a rented Focus for a month.  All the gadgets were fun for a few days what won out was how bad the seats are.  After a month I was hardly able to drive it for more than an hour.  Seats  could not move to a comfortable position, everything you value in life that shouldn't get crushed gets crushed.  They are hard in a hard riding car.  Just overall not good.  Other than that I would think about it if I was in the market but in the final analysis what else is there but a nice seat????

Look past all the dazzle & gizmos since most get set once & forgotten.  Make sure you like the ride.  Worth an extra mpg or two to get the right combination.

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2012, 06:50:39 pm »
For fifteen years I only drove foreign cars.  My motto was "Only buy a car if it ends in a vowel other than E".  Well, in 2006 while car shopping I kept reading about the Focus.  The transmission and engine both supplied by Mazda.  I bought one for about $1500 - $2000 less than a Hyundai Elantra or anything else.  We drove that car for 86,000 miles with NO problems, squeaks or rattles.  My wife was rearended by a Kenworth truck about three years ago.  Amazingly no broken bones.  We replaced the Focus with a Fusion which now has 84,000 miles with NO problems.  The fusion gets about 32 highway (72-75 MPH).  I also bought a used 2001 Focus for commuting (120 miles per day) which now has about 185,000 miles.  I have replaced one wheel bearing in the almost 100,000 miles I have owned it.  It also gets a constant 32-34 MPG.

I have had VW, Ford, GM, Chrysler, AMC, Mazda, Toyota, Subaru, Suzuki, and Nissan.  Ford has really turned itself around and produce some of the best cars available.  Plus they did it on their own without the governments "help".

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #42 on: August 10, 2012, 11:19:56 am »
If your not hard against it. (Some people are for political reasons)

Look at the Prius. It is one of the most reliable and least maintenance required cars built today. If you can get by the politics and just look at the car you might be surprised.

Also ,you can get a rebuilt one for a lot less money. Here is a guy who rebuilds them.

http://www.autobeyours.com/


+1 on the Prius...  We went on vacation with it and never got below 50mpg...and that's with high speed interstate and using the AC.  257500 miles now.  Find one used.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2012, 07:55:02 pm »
+1 on the Prius...  Find one used.

I believe that he wants a stylish car instead.  :stirpot:


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2012, 10:37:56 pm »
Yeah, I'm more on the practical side of things. ;D
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2012, 07:03:49 am »
Yeah, I'm more on the practical side of things. ;D

Sure you are....  What color is yours?
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2012, 07:21:54 am »
I believe that he wants a stylish car instead.  :stirpot:


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #47 on: August 11, 2012, 08:49:10 am »
I knew the Spark was a lot smaller and NOT a hybrid and less expensive than a Sonic with a different front end and better mpg, I had read it in a current auto magazine, thought somebody found something else I missed about it.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #48 on: August 11, 2012, 09:32:59 am »
Sure you are....  What color is yours?

Silver, of course.  All my vehicles and bikes are/were silver.  Less washing involved.  I'm sure I could get better gas mileage if I washed the dirt off of it and waxed it, but what the heck.  I get good gas mileage out of a low maintenance vehicle and it has enough power to do what I need it to do, fully loaded. It has plenty of room in the rear seats (more than my Rav4) as well and it can carry a 2x4x8 with the windows all closed.  It's a great vehicle and the people that make fun of them don't have a clue about it.  I've had mine for over 7 years and I hope to keep it another 7.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #49 on: August 11, 2012, 02:51:25 pm »
I haven't seen anybody mention the new Dodge Dart. Based on a Fiat design, it so much better than the car it replaced. Looks like they might sell a few of them. Makes you wonder why on earth they cancelled the Neon.


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2012, 02:56:51 pm »
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #51 on: August 11, 2012, 02:58:57 pm »
I haven't seen anybody mention the new Dodge Dart. Based on a Fiat design, it so much better than the car it replaced. Looks like they might sell a few of them. Makes you wonder why on earth they cancelled the Neon.


http://www.dodge.com/en/2013/dart/


I could be wrong but I don't think they're available quite yet.


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #52 on: August 11, 2012, 03:00:52 pm »
Got plenty of them sitting in the dealership right by my house in NE OH for the last month. Nice car.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #53 on: August 11, 2012, 03:12:32 pm »
Talking about a ~300 hp SRT version of the Dart too.  8)
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #54 on: August 11, 2012, 06:05:28 pm »
I went to see the Dart yesterday and they sold them all. I did see a very good looking Chrysler 200 S. Very good looking car and that 3.6 liter engine is awesome. Although I do love the Hemis my vehicles have, but this thread is looking for more mpg. I can get 25mpg in the Charger 5.7 V8, but it is a lot of work and not worth it. I run about 19-20 mpg all the time.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #55 on: August 11, 2012, 08:24:25 pm »
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Daaaaang! If Toyotas looked that cool, I will be hoping over to the dealer!! Well, bad news is wife is having cold feet. Good news is, Veloster turbo with m/t is no where to be found (good news  because if we find one, I will be sleeping with the dogs).
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #56 on: August 11, 2012, 10:10:14 pm »
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #57 on: August 12, 2012, 07:39:56 pm »
Subaru Impreza, Outback Sport model especially. 8) The Prius is a pitiful excuse for a car by the way........ :stirpot:
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #58 on: August 12, 2012, 08:02:51 pm »
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #59 on: August 12, 2012, 08:17:10 pm »
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